5 Skills That Goalkeepers Can Learn From Hope Solo
Hope Solo's goalkeeping career for the USWNT has experienced a number of ups and downs, but there's no doubting that the World Cup winner is the best our country has ever seen at the position.
Let's take a look at 5 skills that make the former Washington University standout our Country's best ever net-minder, and the philosophies that can help you take a step towards following in her footsteps.
1. Student of The Game
Hope Solo is a true student of the game, she has dedicated her life to understanding the constructs of football. She has researched, studied, and lived the game for the better part of the past twenty years.
Solo started as a field player, and was selected as an all-American striker during high school, but her love and passion for the game opened her mind to playing whatever position she could best contribute to the game at.
That selflessness and hunger to be on the field, in varying capacities, is a signifier of a true student of the game, it's something all young players should generate a passion to become.
2. Technique Driven
Solo is fanatical when it comes to acquiring and developing the proper technique for making saves, dives, and understanding the overall competencies of playing the goalkeeper position.
She puts in countless hours improving her footwork, catching and receiving, and her distribution skills to become the ultimate athlete. Dedication to technique and technical proficiency is the hallmark of Solo's career, it is a true testament to her staying power that she is able to equally match the physical with the technical aspects of the sport.
Good fundamentals and a commitment to technique will leave your peers in the dust.
As a striker, the glamour of scoring the winning goal is hard to relinquish, but Hope Solo's passion for the game, and recognition of her own attributes, lead her to a new position on the field, a position that allowed her the best chance to influence a match.
Understanding and being flexible to how one can best influence a game is something unique to select players. They realize that their love, and ability, for the game, can be experienced and best felt from roles within a team that aren't necessarily as glamorous as others.
Adaptability is something the greatest players can enact and embrace, it's a certain willingness to sacrifice and give your all for the team that is special and hard to find.
4. Commitment to Athleticism
Hope Solo has impeccable technical ability, but she is also a fine-tuned athletic machine, and athlete of incredible acclaim and repute. Few peers, men or women, can boast the same perfect physical attributes and fitness levels.
Solo has devoted her time and energies on and off the field to achieving success, that means the proper diet, getting a enough sleep, and recovery, treating your body like a temple, a vehicle for the soul of the athlete and the person.
5. Bounce Back, Never Say Die Mentality
It hasn't been a life on easy street for Solo, she has been embroiled in numerous personal and professional controversies in her career, but she has always bounced back, in exemplary ways, as her incredible ability to defend the goal has lead to gold medals and a World Cup title.
As a player, and person, everyone has their critics, it's how you respond to your critics that define who you are. Hope Solo has always bounced back and shown the heat of a true champion, she is a player that has proven herself at the very highest level, time and time again.
Adversity hits everyone, the response is what dictates what kind of player and person you truly are. Take a page out of Hope Solo's book, and always bounce back stronger than ever before.